The demise of Flash has been greatly exaggerated. The news that Adobe are to stop developing Flash on mobile devices has had many people declaring the war between Adobe and Apple has finally been won by Apple. But there are many reasons why Flash isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. Here are five of them to consider:
1. Flash is an integral component to Adobe AIR which is increasingly the platform for more and more Adobe products. Adobe AIR consists of Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML and Ajax.
2. Adobe have only recently launched version 11 of Flash which is the most powerful yet. This means that there’s still a lot of development possibilities for Flash, and lots of new potential for developers to harness.
3. Adobe is likely to make Flash open-source by releasing the source code. This means that Flash will probably continue to be developed enthusiastically by the open source community.
4. HTML5 is still a long way behind Flash in terms of video capability. Of course that will change but for now, web developers, video providers and designers will get more power out of Flash.
5. Despite Apple’s refusal to support Flash, it’s really not all that bad. It’s certainly less buggy and clunky than other proprietary platforms such as Java. If it’s good enough to have got YouTube as far it has today, it can’t be that bad.